It’s been around since 1991 but it’s a powerful book about writing as a creative activity open to all. She’s a bit of a ‘writing about writing’ guru with a lot of books on the subject: ‘Writing Down the Bones’ is the most famous one. I’ve not read it, but this one did it for me:
Here she is on You Tube:
And here’s some of what she says to everyone about writing (not direct quotes):
Everyone is entitled to write. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.
The best writing comes from inside you and is not ‘edited’ by your mind or your ideas about what other people might think.
Don’t let anything stop you writing. Just start and ‘keep the hand moving’.
The book is full of great little ‘writing exercises’ to get people practising their writing: writing as a practice, not as a money-making venture, or as a quest for fame, or as therapy. Loving words.
I can see that she is a great teacher.